Under normal circumstances, many people would be heading to the coast this weekend to enjoy bank holiday.
Given the current COVID-19 outbreak, the RNLI is urging everyone not to use the sea for exercise or recreation, and to follow the clear Government instructions: stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
While you are allowed out for daily exercise, we do not recommend that this exercise is on or in the sea. Our charity’s lifeboat service is still available but every time a lifeboat crew is called to an incident, it puts additional pressure on RNLI volunteers and other front line emergency services as well as potentially exposing them to COVID-19.
You could be fully competent and never needed rescue but by going out on the water you could encourage others who are less proficient to take part in similar activities.
We know people who live at the coast still want to exercise by the sea, but when you do this, please think of the potential impact of your actions on RNLI lifeboat volunteers and other emergency services.
You can read more about the RNLI’s advice at https://rnli.org/…/rnli-urges-people-not-to-use-the-sea-for…
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